Abington students impress legislators at Penn State Capital Day

After two-plus decades in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania state Sen. LeAnna Washington (D-4th District) said it takes a lot to impress her. Last week, the veteran politician praised the professionalism of Penn State Abington students who visited her office to appeal for level state funding for the University in 2013-14.

“People want to meet with me all of the time and many don’t accomplish what this group of multicultural students did. They came into my office dressed professionally and presented their story well,” Washington said.

The Abington contingent arrived in Harrisburg to participate in Penn State Capital Day with hundreds of other students, alumni and friends of the University. The annual event includes visits to state legislators and a rally in the Capitol rotunda for continued state support for the University and a strengthened partnership with the state.

In addition to Washington, whose district encompasses the Abington campus, other Abington students met with state Sen. Robert M. Tomlinson (R-6th District) and a staff member of state Rep. Gene DiGirolamo (R-18th District).

Student Andrew Devine was excited with the outcome of his visit with Tomlinson and DiGirolamo’s staff member. “They were willing to listen to us and talk about the issues,” Devine said.

During the day, the students encountered two alumni with Abington connections. Abington Advisory Board Vice Chair Andrew Santacroce, who also serves on the Penn State Alumni Association Alumni Council, also was in Harrisburg. Alumni Association Vice President Kay Frantz Salvino said she has fond memories of the years she spent living and working near Abington.

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Last Updated April 15, 2013